CONWAY’S D.A.R.E. PROGRAM GRADUATION

by Christian Mower on June 19, 2013

MORE THAN 100 6TH GRADERS FROM CONWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WERE AWARDED CERTIFICATES AND SPECIAL T-SHIRTS MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013 AT A CEREMONY AT KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL, MARKING THEIR COMPLETION OF A 10-WEEK D.A.R.E. PROGRAM.

CONWAY PATROL OFFICER/SCHOOL RESOURCE/D.A.R.E. OFFICER RICH THEBERGE SAYS THE DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION – OR D.A.R.E. – PROGRAM COVERS DRUG INFORMATION, RISK AND CONSEQUENCES, PEER PRESSURE, COMMUNICATION, GETTING HELP FROM OTHERS AND GUIDANCE ON HOW TO MAKE RIGHT DECISIONS.

THE PROGRAM IS PRESENTED TO CONWAY 6TH GRADERS BEFORE THEY TRANSITION TO KENNETT MIDDLE SCHOOL.

THEBERGE SAYS THE PROGRAM IS NOT SPECIFICALLY ABOUT “DON’T DO THIS AND DON’T DO THAT, BECAUSE” – HE SAYS – “KIDS AREN’T RECEPTIVE TO THAT.”

STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT TO DEFINE, ASSESS, RESPOND AND EVALUATE.

THEBERGE WANTS TO DEVELOP LASTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE STUDENTS SO WHEN THEY GET INTO HIGH SCHOOL, THEY ARE STILL COMFORTABLE COMING TO TALK TO HIM, EVEN IF THEY’RE FACING THE CONSEQUENCES OF MAKING A BAD DECISION.

THEBERGE MADE REMARKS TO THE GRADUATING STUDENTS MONDAY BEFORE INTRODUCING N.H. STATE REP. KAREN UMBERGER, WHO ALSO SPOKE.

THREE STUDENTS, INCLUDING MEGAN MARTIN OF PINE TREE ELEMENTARY, ASHTON COLEMAN OF CONWAY ELEMENTARY AND MIA PLANT OF JOHN FULLER SCHOOL, EACH READ THEIR AWARD-WINNING ESSAY ABOUT THE D.A.R.E. PROGRAM.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IT, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.conwaypd.com.

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